Our 10 Best Entertainment Picks for April and May

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Cuban Fury

Once a teen salsa champion, now a middle-aged schlump, Nick Frost suits up in satin and sequins to attract his new boss, the wonderful Rashida Jones (left), in this salsa-infused romcom.


In theaters April 11.

2014 Entertainment One Films US

Lights Out

The new album from singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson (left) features bouncy dance-pop tunes like "Girls Chase Boys," plus a nod to spaghetti Western sound tracks on "Handsome Hands."


Album out April 15.

Shervin Lainez

A Short History of Decay

Linda Lavin copes with a sick husband (Harris Yulin, left, with Lavin), an aimless son (Bryan Greenberg) and her worsening Alzheimer's in this comedy about growing up and aging, based on first-time filmmaker Michael Maren's family story.


In theaters April 25.

Short History LLC

For No Good Reason

Johnny Depp explores the anarchic mind of British cartoonist Ralph Steadman (left, with Depp) in this engaging documentary. An illustrator of Hunter S. Thompson's work, Steadman regales the admiring actor—and close friend—with tales of the gonzo journalist and his own career.


In theaters April 25.

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Young and Beautiful

Director Fran├žois Ozon explores teenage sexuality in this modern-day Belle de Jour, a provocative coming-of-age story. Former model Marine Vacth (left) plays a Parisian schoolgirl with a disturbing sideline.


In theaters April 25.

Courtesy of Sundance Selects

Civil War: The Untold Story

Narrated by Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern, this gripping five-part public television series revisits several lesser-known but pivotal battles fought during the U.S. Civil War.


Airs April and May (dates vary—check local listings).

Great Divide Pictures

Belle

In this true story, the affair between a slave and a Royal Navy admiral produces a daughter (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, near left). Raised by an aristocratic uncle, she copes with a racist society—and helps end slavery in Britain.


In theaters May 2.

David Appleby

24: Live Another Day

Jack's back. Kiefer Sutherland (left) returns in the Fox hit for a 12-episode run as agent Jack Bauer. The latest 24-hour global crisis unspools in London, where he has been living in exile the past four years.


Airs May 5.

Daniel Smith/Fox

All or Nothin'

Loretta Lynn-style honky-tonker Nikki Lane (left) creates a fetching batch of pedal steel-drenched numbers with producer Dan Auerbach, among them the feisty bad-girl narrative "Seein' Double."


Album comes out May 6.

Chuck Grant

Are We There

With her emotive vocals and dramatic piano, songstress Sharon Van Etten (left) crafts a majestic collection of original tunes, including the moody "Tarifa" and the vulnerable "Break Me."


Album comes out May 27.


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Dusdin Condren

First Published Tue, 2014-04-22 12:56

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